The really scary thing about mental illness

The Washington Post had an interesting article on the portrayal of mental illness around Halloween, specifically on asylum-themed haunted houses/attractions. It’s a good piece that covers how the portrayal of mental illness exacerbates stigmas and, for some in the mental health community, come across as very offensive. You really ought to read the whole thing […]

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Donald Trump’s worldview is the problem with his PTSD comments

Here’s the problem with Trump’s PTSD comments- it wasn’t that he was directly insulting anybody in the same way he insulted Judge Curiel, the Khan family, Alicia Machado, etc. This is what he said: “When you talk about the mental health problems, when people come back from war and combat — and they see things […]

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More on Trump and mental health.

So the other day I asked for feedback on this topic and had a few exchanges with family and friends about the subject. Then earlier today I read this opinion piece from Patrick Kennedy of the Kennedy Forum. As he writes in the piece: Is Donald Trump experiencing a mental illness? That’s the question making the […]

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Mental Health, Donald Trump, and the curious case of the Goldwater Rule.

So Donald Trump is not a normal candidate for President. He’s an egotist, an ignoramus, a racist and someone who incites hate among his supporters. But is he crazy? Insane? Off the reservation? Not playing with a full deck? Cuckoo pants? The question of the state of Donald Trump’s mental health is coming up more […]

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Talking to someone when you don’t want to talk to anyone

One of the most significant challenges I faced and still struggle with is opening up about my depression. Yeah, maybe it seems silly for me to say that after almost two years of writing publicly about my depression and anxiety on this blog, in letters to the editor, of discussing it with my therapist, with […]

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Wow! Check out this epic takedown of mental health shamers and stigma!

//giphy.com/embed/us8FXd0EtOXXa via GIPHY The stigma surrounding mental health has been well documented on this blog (and more broadly across a coalition of advocacy groups and individual mental health advocates), and it continues to foster shame, silence and even personal and professional impediments to individuals with a mental health issue. Whether it it intentional or accidental […]

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Do you know someone who may be depressed? Be their service light.

The other day the service light came on when I started my car, reminding me that I’m due for an oil change. I’ll be the first to admit that when it comes to this kind of thing my first instinct isn’t to run out to the instant oil change place or schedule a morning to […]

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Treatment ain’t cheap

The other day I received my benefit enrollment forms for 2016 and did some back of the napkin calculations on what my therapy & medication will cost next year (using this years appointment schedule & medication to plug in the gaps). It will cost me around $6,900.00 for health insurance, co-pays and medication. And that’s […]

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Should your primary care doctor be doing more for your mental health?

Think of the last time you saw your primary care doctor- maybe you went because you had the flu, maybe it was for a work/school physical, or if you’re really on top of things you have an annual check-up just because it’s a smart thing to do. Regardless of the reason you were there, did they […]

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Answers to unaskable questions

Yes, yes, I know, I know, “unaskable” isn’t a word. This title ought to be something along the lines of “Answers to questions you’re afraid to ask.” But I went with “unaskable.” This post is based on an exchange I had on Facebook with a friend regarding my last post. He began by writing: “I […]

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